Edwardsville is a medium-sized city located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 25,071 people and five constituent neighborhoods, Edwardsville is the 97th largest community in Illinois.
Edwardsville is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 88.74% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Edwardsville is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Edwardsville who work in sales jobs (13.66%), office and administrative support (10.76%), and management occupations (10.40%).
Also of interest is that Edwardsville has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
Edwardsville is also a major college town with a large number of people who are 18 years or older and attending college. As is often the case in college towns, the many students that live in Edwardsville have a strong influence on the local culture and entertainment scene, which may seem dormant by comparison in the summer months when much of the student population is away. In the fall, the return of students has a reinvigorating effect on the community. Because colleges are lasting institutions, they have a stabilizing effect on the economy by providing direct local benefits such as jobs for faculty and staff and spending by students. Edwardsville’s economy is one such example of this.
Like elsewhere in America, most people in Edwardsville use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Edwardsville‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding the bus. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.
The education level of Edwardsville ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Edwardsville, 49.61% have at least a bachelor's degree. The typical US community has just 21.84% of its adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree.
The per capita income in Edwardsville in 2010 was $32,733, which is upper middle income relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $130,932 for a family of four. However, Edwardsville contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Edwardsville is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Edwardsville home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Edwardsville residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Edwardsville include Irish, English, Italian, and French .
The most common language spoken in Edwardsville is English. Other important languages spoken here include Chinese and Spanish.